This is the classic book on the ancient customs, crafts and techniques of the Scottish Highlands. The past is evoked with a fascinating
blend of historical narrative and detail, with descriptions of the fireplaces and furniture, the creels and cas chroms which were a vital part of
everyday life in the Highland communities, but which have now become strange in the modern world of machinery and technology.
Highland Folk Ways vividly describes the many aspects and artefacts of our ancestors’ lives; the clothes, cooking utensils, weapons, food
and the implements for fishing, farming and building are all meticulously depicted and placed in historical context. The book has over 70
illustrations, and is surely the definitive resource book for everyone who wants to rediscover the lifestyle of the clansmen and crofters.
Isobel Grant was born in Edinburgh in 1887. She founded the Highland Folk Museum at Kingussie and met with the dwindling numbers
of men and women who could recall using items exhibited. Highland Folk Ways is the result of her discussions with them, and of her own
careful and dedicated research. She was awarded an honorary Doctor of Letters by Edinburgh University in 1948, and an MBE in 1959 for
her pioneering efforts in recording a ‘living history’ of Highland life, which included opening Britain’s first ever open-air museum in Kingussie.
She died in Edinburgh in 1983, aged 96.
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